“Do you think it would be enough to give points for participating? Or would you like to be able to reward the players with some extra points after you reviewed their entries?”
I think having the option to do both would be great, but participation at the least.
I have a lot of tasks that are to do something. For instance: go down the slide, taste test the …, send a postcard, throw a coin in the fountain and make a wish, act out a skit, take a ride on the … etc. Action missions that you either do or don’t do. I’d like them to get participation points for those. I get that you’d have to use the honor system to ensure that people didn’t cheat and say they did something they didn’t do, but as this would be an optional feature, people who are doing more serious competitions or who don’t have anyone supervising could leave off the points for these types of things, and honestly probably wouldn’t include tasks that aren’t quantifiable to begin with.
What I did to work around the issue in my bound is I added a multiple choice quiz after each mission that simply asks, “Did you complete the last task?” Then, I assigned participation points to the Yes which I set as the answer. I also set it to subtract points for the wrong answer (being No), so they are penalized for skipping a task, but you could leave that off.
The second thing I did was to assign points based on the number of successes completed in the mission. I set 1 as the minimum answer and 10 as the max answer, 100 as the points, and the deviation at 10%. This allows me to ask them how many of something they completed and award them 10 pts for each completed step. For instance, the mission is that they have to shoot hoops in a basket, and they get 10 pts per each ball that goes in. They only get 10 tries. I then add a question asking how many balls they got in, and the system awards them 10 points for each ball. If they answer 3 balls, they get 30 points. If they answer 7 balls, they get 70 points. It works on the honor system, but as this isn’t a professional completion. I’m fine with that.
What I’d love is the option to add points at the end also. We usually include tasks such as take a picture of the ugliest or most creative or funniest… and then we have fun comparing the pictures and voting on the winner at the end. For instance, one of my missions was to take a picture of the silliest looking ornament they could find in a specific Christmas shop. The group with the silliest picture at the end would get X points. As I don’t want to add up a bunch of extra points manually at the end of this thing, I changed it to a participation task and simply added a “Did you do it?” question after the mission. We will still have fun comparing the pics afterwards, but being able to add the points in the app at the end, would have been neat. That is probably something to add in the far future, but it would be cool if you could vote on your favorite submitted pic, and the winner get X amount of points added at the end.